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Apple pie and beer—in one dessert.




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November 2007
Updated May 2009

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Papa’s Holiday Apple Pie Recipe

Spiced Beer & Apple Pie À La Mode

Is It A Drink Or A Dessert? It’s Whatever You Want It To Be!



CAPSULE REPORT: If you like to drink beer and you like to eat dessert, this may be the recipe for you. A crustless apple pie à la mode is topped with foam made from holiday spiced apple beer—a novel dessert. Can you enjoy it with a spiced beer chaser? Of course!

Founded in 1867, the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company is the seventh-oldest brewery in the U.S. still in operation, and one of the oldest businesses in Wisconsin. Their seasonal brew now on shelves, Apple Spice Beer, inspired Las Vegas-based champion mixologist Tobin Ellis to create Papa’s Holiday Apple Pie. An apple pie dessert with a beer foam topper, it’s a unique recipe for holiday entertaining.

If you can’t find Jacob Leinenkugel’s Apple Spice Beer or a similar product, substitute a fruit beer. For more information about Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company and its beers, visit

Ingredients & Equipment

  • Apple pie filling
  • Spiced beer, apple beer or other
    fruit beer
  • Chocolate-covered graham crackers
  • Regular graham crackers
  • Egg whites
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Glass beer steins
  • Whipped cream canister
  • Nitrous oxide cartridges


The recipe below makes one large dessert—it fills a beer stein. While it’s fun to serve a beer-topped dessert in a stein, you can make smaller portions in glass dishes or glass teacups and still allow guests to enjoy the visual of the layered ingredients.

As always, use the best ingredients you can buy: the finest graham crackers, ice cream, and especially, apple pie filling will elevate the quality of your dessert from chain restaurant to fine restaurant.

Part 1: Apple Pie

  • 3  ounces apple pie filling (go for a better brand)
  • 2-3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 crushed graham cracker
  • Build in layers in a chilled beer mug

Part 2: Spiced Apple Foam

  • 6 ounces Leinenkugel’s Apple Spice Beer (or other fruit beer)
  • 4 ounces egg whites
  • Charge ingredients in a whipped cream canister
  • Shake and top the assembled “apple pie” with the foam
  • Garnish with cinnamon sugar and a chocolate-covered graham cracker
    or cinnamon stick

Leinenkugel Apple Spice Beer

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